Annual walk will take pulse of local merchants



The 3rd annual Escondido Business Walk will be held September 22, 8 a.m.–noon, with volunteers from City Hall, including possibly the mayor and a council member or two, and the Chamber of Commerce, including CEO Rorie Johnston. The annual event, which seeks to check the pulse of the merchants in town, is a joint project of the city and the […]

9-11 firefighters honored in ‘Grand’ style



The Escondido Firefighters’ Association and Escondido Police Officers Association Friday night sponsored the 16th Annual Fire Truck/Public Safety Night and September 11th Tribute at Cruisin’ Grand. One of the most popular vehicles at the event was the 1902 American Fire Engine Company horse-drawn steam fire engine of the California State Firefighters’ Association. Another favorite was the Hubert Family Hose Wagon. […]

Treasurer candidate Shultz calls for conservative, transparent policies



Douglas Shultz is one of five candidates for the office of city treasurer. This is the first time in about 30 years that the office has been contested since longtime Treasurer Ken Hugins is stepping down. Of the five candidates, Hugins is endorsing Douglas Shultz to succeed him. Douglas Shultz describes himself as a fiscal conservative for transparent government. He […]

1st annual Herencia Mexicana Festival celebrated



USA Multicultural sponsored the first annual Herencia Mexicana Festival on Saturday at Grape Day Park. Herencia is Spanish for “heritage” and the day long event featured food, mariachis, folk dance groups and more. Several hundred people attended. See more photos page 5.

Grape Day Discovery Festival will have something for everyone



The annual Grape Day Discovery Festival on October 1, 2-8 p.m. at Grape Day Park will continue a longstanding Escondido tradition— with a few twists and changes. For one thing, the festival, which is free, and dates back more than 100 years to the days when a large part of Escondido’s economy was based on grape cultivation, will be happening […]

Local business leaders hear implications of Prop. 64



Local business leaders gathered Thursday (September 9) at an Escondido Chamber of Commerce forum to discuss the implications if statewide Proposition 64 (“Adult Use of Marijuana Act”) passes this November. This comes after Washington and Colorado legalized Marijuana use. The Chamber’s guest speaker was Special Investigations Division and Public Information Office (PIO) Lt. Ed Varso of the Escondido Police Department. […]

Raising awareness about suicide

~ Guest Opinion


The Suicide Prevention Council on Wednesday issued its annual report, which shows the suicide rate in San Diego County held steady in 2015 while calls for help went up. This is encouraging news, and I am pleased to join the council in raising awareness about suicide prevention and the help that is available for anyone who needs it. As chairman […]

Consumer protections in healthcare




We are all deeply concerned about the welfare of our families. As a wife and mother, these concerns naturally influence my legislation, as well as the bills I support. As a result, this session I was proud to lend my support to an important package of health care bills that will benefit millions of Californians. Under these new laws, patients […]

ESCONDIDO REFLECTIONS

Escondido businesses that have faded away

A vibrant city has to evolve to remain so. Change is inevitable; especially in the Southern California Sun Belt, of which Escondido is an integral part in a bursting San Diego County. As a city grows, businesses come and go; here today, gone tomorrow. It’s called progress. For the good? That sometimes is debatable. In previous essays, I’ve talked about […]

Water district seeks public comment on master plan EIR for sewer service



The Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District (District) will prepare an environmental impact report for the Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District Master Plan (Project). The project proposes that the district expand its services to become a sewer agency, acquire the existing Harmony Grove Village Water Reclamation Facility and increase its capacity, and eliminate the need to construct two additional […]


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